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Women Practitioners and Professionals Learning Day

Following our consultation on working with women affected by domestic violence and abuse, and someone else’s substance use, we will be holding our first Women Practitioners and Professionals Learning Day for the North East in Durham on Wednesday 2 May.

The day will provide:

  • Training and learning on the interface between substance use and domestic violence and abuse, and on specialist topics in this area of work.
  • An opportunity to network and share with, and learn from, those from different organisations working with this group of women. To highlight and celebrate the range of work taking place, to improve pathways and referral networks.
  • A mechanism to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities to feed in to our information-gathering at a local and national level, which we will use to report back commissioners, funders, policy-makers and other influencers regionally and nationally.

A full programme is below:

10am: Arrivals and refreshments

10.30am: Welcome and introduction

  • Setting the Scene: domestic violence and someone else’s substance use – research and issues
  • Adfam’s Women’s Project and aims of the day
  • Personal testimony

11am: Taking Perspective

  • Facilitated group work to develop cross-sectoral understanding of one another’s work, opportunities for collaboration, and gaps.           

11.45am: Challenging issues (lightning slots):

  • Child to parent abuse
  • Creeping abuse – the boiling frog syndrome
  • Perpetrator Programmes – the debate!

12.15pm: Working with BAME women – challenges and opportunities

12.45pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Workshops  

  • Legal issues (Subject to confirmation)
  • Updates in domestic violence law; availability of legal support and advice; helping women understand the system
  • Trauma-informed work
  • Working with Child to Parent Abuse

2.30pm: Local pathways and issues

  • Breaking into groups according to location, this session will facilitate networking with those in your locality, explore specific challenges or opportunities in your area and capture feedback for local commissioners and influencers.

3.30pm: Secondary and Vicarious Trauma – protecting ourselves in this work

4pm: Close


For further information please contact Rebekah Allon-Smith